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Jun 22 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Park -H1 west, AZ 
Thunderbird Park -H1 west, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 22 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking4.00 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   18 Mns   3.08 mph
200 ft AEG
 no routes
Linked none no linked trail guides
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Part two of information-gathering for a Hike Description of H1 (Coachwhip Trail). Parked at 55th Ave and Pinnacle Peak and headed west, noticing after about a mile that my pants were falling down. Upon closer inspection I noticed the sewn loop on the buckle had disintegrated, so, being the Boy Scout that I am (actually I only made it to Webelos before conformity issues made it intolerable), I got out my needle and thread that had been in my first aid kit for decades and fixed it. :DANCE:
Proceeding on, I reached the main park entrance where I checked out the new rotisserie before jumping on the western leg. Took a side trip to the Sunrise Trail ramadas, where I snacked in the shade before heading back.
I probably ran across 50 people on this early morning hike, and I was amazed at how often they had a particular scent. Coconut sunscreen, Aloe Vera lotion, Irish Mist soap, various perfumes, even spices from I'm guessing the diets of Hispanic and Indian people. Each and every one different from the last. I've done so much offtrail/solo hiking I guess it never was an issue. It was too early in the day for any B.O., so it wasn't unpleasant at all, just another reminder of the endless variety of humanity.
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[ checklist ]  Creosote Bush
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Jun 15 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird Park H1 Southeast, AZ 
Thunderbird Park H1 Southeast, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 15 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking5.10 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   1 Hour   51 Mns   2.76 mph
200 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I have avoided most of H1 for years, being the least challenging and least scenic of the Thunderbird Park trails. But I also noticed that there were no descriptions of many of the trails near my house, so I decided to fill in some blanks. This would be 1 of 2 hikes to gather info for a description I'll post later.
The southeastern end of H1 cannot be looped, so I just parked at the 51st Ave/Pinnacle Peak trailhead and hiked down to the 51st Ave/Potter trailhead, returning the way I came. On the plus side, much of the trail is shaded in the morning by the Hedgepeth Hills, and there is a sedimentation basin that has viewing blinds for the many birds that hang out there. On the down side, the southern half consists of looking down into people's backyards, complete with barking dogs.
I'll do the northwestern leg soon, and then add it up.
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May 27 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Thunderbird H1/H2/H3 Loop, AZ 
Thunderbird H1/H2/H3 Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 27 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking5.60 Miles 1,096 AEG
Hiking5.60 Miles   1 Hour   45 Mns   3.20 mph
1,096 ft AEG
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1st trip
Thought I would check on the flag on Peak 1862' for Memorial Day, so I arrived before dawn to get the first parking spot. Headed out on H1 to the H2 Trailhead, and up the switchbacks to the eastern plateau, where the sun slowly rose through the pink and salmon clouds. I stopped by the notch at the eastern end where the huge Saguaro always stood, hoping to get a sunrise shot, only to find it blown to pieces and beginning the vivid process of decay. I'm guessing a lightning strike :o - that must have been a sight to see happen.
The summit arrived and the flag was in great condition, though the solar landscape lighting system was in need of repair. I'm torn between proper flag display and litter in our parks, and not sure if it should be there at all, but when I see a weathered flag, I remove it.
From there I bopped down the eastern ridge to the lesser summit, and then on down to the ramadas that mark the end of H2. Taking the new bridge that spans Pinnacle Peak, I then jumped on H3 in a clockwise direction, winding around the back and up the summit ridgeline, where I came across a saguaro beginning to bloom! The sun stayed out just long enough for a few shots, then the clouds moved in and I headed to the summit and on down. At this point, the parking lot was just across the road, but I decided to take H1 north back to the bridge and return on H1 south so I would have a complete loop for both peaks. I haven't had time to hike much lately, but it felt good to knock the rust off the hinges.
 Culture
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[ checklist ]  Aerostat
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Apr 20 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon Rim Trail 2, AZ 
Grand Canyon Rim Trail 2, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 20 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking4.10 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   2 Hrs      2.05 mph
100 ft AEG
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After sleeping in a bit my Dad and I took the shuttle piled high with gear out to the east end of the Rim Trail at the South Kiabab Trailhead. We heard German, French, and Arabic from the backpackers who were headed down into the Canyon - smiling, laughing diversity. :)
The air was cool as we traced our way along the edge on the paved path. Pipe Creek Vista, Mather Point, Yavapai (probably my favorite), Grandeur, and finally Verkamps Visitor Center all presented their perspective on the Big Ditch. Raptors rode the morning thermals below while a Bluebird flitted around the evergreens overhead. We took breaks at almost every vista, and what would otherwise have been a 2 hour hike took up a big chunk of the day.
At one point we heard a commotion as a group of about a dozen college-age kids approached the edge with one girl holding her hands over her eyes. She was absolutely beside herself with nervous excitement, and for the longest time just stood there, saying, "I can't do it!". When she finally pulled her hands away, she screamed at the top of her lungs, then bent over with her hands on her knees as her friends filmed and supported her. Her mouth hung open and I thought she was going to pass out. What an amazing moment, I hope her friends post the video.
After reaching the shuttle stop where we had started, we drove over to the General Store to look at t-shirts and were lucky to find The Hippy working in the Camping Department. We tore her away from fluffing the Coonskin hats long enough to say hi and show us the 5 pound note she had earned earlier as a tour guide. We talked about next years Tough Mudder, and she pointed us in the direction of the Maswik Lodge for dinner. She was right - the chicken burrito with rice and beans was only 8 bucks and delicious.
From there we went back to Yavapai for the sunset, followed by an early return to the room so we could get up for the sunrise. Once again we headed up to Yavapai as the morning light rose, and I surprised my Dad by putting headphones and an I-Pod on him with "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (the theme from 2001 A Space Odyssey), just as the sun crested. :DANCE:
A perfect end to a perfect short trip. When we got back to Phoenix I showed HAZ to my Dad, and by now he may be a member - so if your reading this, thanks for flying out, I had a great time!
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Apr 19 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon Rim Trail, AZ 
Grand Canyon Rim Trail, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 19 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.00 Miles 190 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
190 ft AEG
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My Dad, who took us to the canyon when I was 11 in a Ford Galaxy 500 station wagon, flew in from Florida to see it once more. We arrived in the early afternoon, in time to hit the Rim Trail at the Hermit Transfer and head west. At 74, Pickleball has kept his cardio pretty strong, so first he wanted to bop down the Bright Angel to see how the elevation and grade would feel. I thought he did great but he decided we should probably stick to the rim, which was fine by me, never having done the edge.
We started along the Rim Trail, the first section paved and uphill. Right away we came upon an alter of sorts, with great views and seating. Another 50 yards or so an outcropping took it to the next level, with 270 degree views but safe access. From there the trail wound through the forest and a group of 5 deer that foiled my attempts at portraiture. Trailview, Maricopa Point, Powell Point, Hopi Point, and finally Mohave Point all had a different layout and character, each suited to a different time of day. The sun was setting so we stopped at Mohave, where we were lucky enough to see some killer lenticular clouds form right over the canyon. :y:
When the light had died, we hopped on the shuttle, then back to Tusayan for the $14 spaghetti with meatballs and salad bar. The group across from us had Tequila and a hot tub lined up for later, perhaps the only two things that could have made the day any better.
 Meteorology
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[ checklist ]  Lenticular Cloud
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Apr 13 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Mingus Mountain Wander, AZ 
Mingus Mountain Wander, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Apr 13 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.00 Miles 195 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   1 Hour   30 Mns   2.00 mph
195 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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The yearly Campsterdam found a temporary home on Mingus Mountain after last years fire closed access to our favorite spot on Sycamore Creek. Casey, Larry, Rafa, Dave and myself found the energy to pull ourselves away from the buffet table for a short while and take in the scenery nearby. We parked at the locked gate on Forest 104 and proceeded on foot past Mingus Lake and the church camp to the scenic overlook on the east rim. After a few group shots we headed back, taking the spur up to the fire tower, where we found a locked gate. Even if Larry had bet me $10 to jump the fence, climb over the second barb-wire fence guarding the tower itself, climb the tower and touch the locked bottom door of the perch, I would never do it because I am a law-abiding citizen with a spotless record ;) .
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Mar 23 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Sonoran Preserve Wildflowers, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve Wildflowers, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 23 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking1.60 Miles 493 AEG
Hiking1.60 Miles      45 Mns   2.13 mph
493 ft AEG
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1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
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I checked the HAZ Wildflower Report and hit this little hike on my way back from the transfer station. From the 1900 Desert Vista Trailhead I headed up the Hawks Nest Trail .41 miles to the junction with the Dixie Mtn. Loop Trail, with Brittlebush everywhere in full bloom. But it wasn't until reaching the saddle and heading east that everything started to fill in. Poppies, Lupine, Fiddleneck, and a few others I don't know the names of yet lightly blanketed the north slope. I took some pictures, leaving the trail to the south to explore a rocky knob I was pretty sure I had checked out about 10 years ago before there was a park here, but upon approaching the top, I heard and saw not one but two beehives and circled counterclockwise to give them berth.
I got to the top and came around the east side, where I found some shade and a nice view on a "Rockalounger". Just as I was having a sip and snack, I heard a sound slowly growing louder - bees. :doh: I could see a thin cloud rising over the rocks to my right as I slowly pulled my hat down and drew my pack over my face and hands in a fetal position. :oplz: The seconds passed slowly as the sound grew louder and I tried to decide in which direction I could run with the best chance of high speed without wiping out. Fortunately after a minute or so the sound moved to my left and faded. :y:
Relieved,I headed back down to the trail, feeling this had been eventfull enough for a short hike. But just below the junction on the Hawk's Nest Trail, I noticed a nest in a Saguaro with two furry ears poking up - a Great Horned Owl! I was able to get some decent shots, but I can't wait to go back with a tripod to reach up and get a little closer. My Mom's coming in from Michigan this week and loves both flowers and birds, and I know exactly what we're going to do!
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[ checklist ]  Great Horned Owl
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Mar 09 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Camp Creek Falls Loop, AZ 
Camp Creek Falls Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Mar 09 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking7.10 Miles 630 AEG
Hiking7.10 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   2.52 mph
630 ft AEG
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Burntlizard mentioned Camp Creek Falls on a hike a while back as a great destination after rain. I had Saturday morning open, and my rain gauge read .9 inches, so a topo was printed and I was off before dawn.
Caddymob's route description uses the Blue Wash Trailhead, but mentions the "old route" up 12 Mile Wash. From the topo it looked like I could start there and make a counter-clockwise loop heading north to the falls, then following Blue Wash west to the Flagstaff Power Line Road south, and finally Bartlett Dam Road east back to the Taco.
As the sun rose, I could see the snow-capped mountains to the north with their heads in the clouds - a perfect start as I headed up the wash. A light drizzle started and tiny rivulets began forming in the sand and gravel, and I wondered if this would be such a bright idea. About 1 mile in I came across one of those backpacks for dogs half buried in the muck. I pulled it free and checked the contents, only to find a gallon ziplock in each side, filled with cubes of a green compressed plant material. It would be fair to say I am no stranger to baked goods utilizing a particular pungent herb, and I thought at first I had run across a doggy smuggler pack, but a quick sniff confirmed that it more likely was trail mix for a horse (it smelled like hay). I placed it on high ground to give the owner a better chance of recovery, and moved on. At 33.8701 N 111.7976 W I turned left at a fork and headed west until the next fork, where I headed right into the wash that contains Camp Creek Falls. By now the drizzle had brought the water level to about six inches, and even with numerous hops, it was impossible to keep dry. Fortunately the falls were worth it, and I kicked back, snacked, and enjoyed the view. After climbing around for photo ops, I was joined by three lovely girls who were new to hiking. I told them about HAZ, and headed out so they could have the place to themselves for a while.
Following Blue Wash west, I came across a drainage at 33.8741 N 111.8090 W that looked like it would feed right into the power line road, so I took that. Hoof prints in the sand and trails that bypassed tricky sections showed this was a popular route. Soon I was heading south on the power line trail (it hasn't been the width of a road in a long time) and enjoyed the Joshua Trees and snowy peaks in the distance. At 33.8569 N 111.8225 I decided to take another wash southeast to try to spend less time on Bartlett Dam Road. Eventually I hit pavement and a little later the truck. It had taken me an hour and 10 minutes for the 2.37 mile approach to the falls, and an hour and 39 minutes for the 4.72 mile return. A nice alternative loop requiring basic routefinding skills, but no bushwacking for one of the Phoenix areas only seasonal waterfalls.
 Culture
 Culture [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  PaleoRob Pose
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 Named place [ checklist ]
[ checklist ]  Camp Creek Falls
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Jan 12 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Red and White Picacho's - Hieroglyphic, AZ 
Red and White Picacho's - Hieroglyphic, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jan 12 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking4.10 Miles 2,076 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   5 Hrs      0.82 mph
2,076 ft AEG
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1st trip
Partners none no partners
It was still dark as I drove the Picacho Wash 4WD/High Clearance/Pinstripe shortcut from the Carefree Hwy to Castle Hot Springs road and the Red Picacho spur road (saves 9 miles and 41 minutes). Parked by the old mine and watched the sun rise to bathe Red Picacho. Took the dirtbike trail in the wash for the first few hundred yards, then left it to climb the slope toward the Red saddle. I checked out the route proposed by rlrjamy, Chumley, and Patrick L, and then another up the next large crack to the right of their route. I thought the holds were better and really thought I would be on top in a few minutes. But the combination of the frozen rock, cold wind, numb fingers, and lack of belay caused me once again to turn back from bagging my only nemesis. I had hoped the Event Post would draw interested parties, but the short notice probably didn't help much (and it is Hike Arizona, not Climb Arizona).
I knew White Picacho was just a scramble, so I headed down the saddle and through a break in the rocks to bag the easy unnamed summit between the two Picacho's. As I descended and approached White, I was startled by what I'm pretty sure was big cat urine. I don't know the difference between Bobcat and Mountain Lion, but this was no house Kitty.
With a big smile on my face I scrambled throught the break, then zigged left and right to the summit. It's a cool mountain, quite rugged on the other faces, but the cold wind made enjoying the view for any amount of time out of the question, so I headed down.
Rather than returning the way I had come, I circled to the south of the two summits between Red and White, then dropped down into the big wash where I was able to join the dirtbike trail I had used that morning. I returned to the truck, not having seen another soul all day.
After having a late lunch, I took the long way back on Castle Hot Springs road, a beautiful drive any day of the year.
With gear and a climbing partner, I'll bag Red one day - but it can wait.
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[ checklist ]  White Picacho
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Jan 01 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Vulture PeakSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking2.10 Miles 1,100 AEG
Hiking2.10 Miles   1 Hour      2.10 mph
1,100 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
Linked none no linked trail guides
Partners 8 partners
HAZ - Event
BobP
chumley
Dave1
kingsnake
outdoor_lover
PatrickL
PrestonSands
Randal_Schulhauser
After Kingsnake and I were unable to locate the elusive Dana's Arch, we met up at the lower trailhead and shuttled the HAZ group up to the upper trailhead (three Toyota Tacomas, each from a different decade - made me proud). On the way up we passed rlrjamy and Flat Denny, and I knew this was going to be a fun day.
The trail was short and steep to the saddle, the remainder being a v-notch to the summit. The notch was mostly solid rock 3/4 of the way up. Near the top it got steeper (maybe 70 degrees) and had some potential loose stuff, but at that point a bypass leads to the right (east) and makes the final stretch much easier. There is a nice alcove that would shelter 10 hikers just below the summit on the east side.
Outdoor Lover lugged up two bottles of Champagne, one of Sparkling cider, and homemade cookies that we made quick work of. :y: Next year I suspect she will have help. Fireworks and stealth bombers followed. A good time was had by all.
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[ checklist ]  Vulture Peak
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Jan 01 2013
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Dana's ArchSouthwest, AZ
Southwest, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 01 2013
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking2.00 Miles 300 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles
300 ft AEG
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Kingsnake and I met before dawn at the RV camp right before the road splits and gets rough. The last 1/2 mile was high clearance but no 4WD. The "grassy" flat area only showed a stubble when the sun came up later. We followed the directions from HAZ, but when we crossed the last wash where "the arch is right in front of you", we saw nothing. We spent 20 minutes or more combing the ridge where we thought it should be, and found a few "arches", but they were pretty lame. We didn't want to miss the Vulture Peak hike, so we called it. The geology of the area was cool, with many pockets and some nice formations, but I don't think it will draw me back.
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Nov 17 2012
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Papago Buttes, AZ 
Papago Buttes, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 17 2012
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
500 ft AEG
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Linked none no linked trail guides
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Finally got out to Papago Park to try and find the cover photo location from the February 2012 issue of Arizona Highways. The photo was taken around 1920 of "Chuckawalla Slim" in front of his "Rockologist" truck.
First I checked out Hart's pyramidal tomb and the fishing ponds - very peacefull. Then on to Hole-in-the-Rock, where I had the place to myself for a bit, watching the planes rise and fall through the green cloud that hangs over the city. From there I could see in the distance where the shot had been taken, so I headed out of the park onto McDowell road, where there is parking access to the northern main butte. Crossing the ampitheater, I circled clockwise to the southeastern face, where I did my best to recreate the shot. From there I boogied to the rock knob southwest, which required some hand holds to summit, but no real exposure and very solid rock. Then north back to the main butte, where I summited the lesser summit to the west. This required some 50 degree slope climbing with potentially serious exposure, I'm glad the rock is solid. I followed the ravine that cuts the butte in half back to the truck. I'm not sure if there is a safe way to summit the main north butte, maybe next time.
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Nov 10 2012
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Three Little Peaks, AZ 
Three Little Peaks, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 10 2012
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking2.00 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking2.00 Miles   1 Hour      2.00 mph
600 ft AEG
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Decided to revisit the area northeast of Bunker Peak (north of Jomax, west of Dysart)and explore further. The rock knob at 1644' had a climbable north side at maybe 70 degrees with mostly good holds. From there the summit 1698' was so close I had to bag it as well. I then took the Taco over to the 1729' peak, where I parked on the north flank and proceeded throught the open mine's western side. Someone had built a nice trail all the way up, as well as leaving a low table at the summit. The trail also led down the southeast ridge, where it begins I do not know. A beautiful cool morning of hiking.
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Sep 28 2012
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Grand Canyon Grandview Tonto New Hance L, AZ 
Grand Canyon Grandview Tonto New Hance L, AZ
 
Backpack avatar Sep 28 2012
BarrettTriplogs 286
Backpack25.60 Miles 6,936 AEG
Backpack25.60 Miles3 Days         
6,936 ft AEG
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Left Phoenix before the sunrise and was parked near the New Hance Trailhead by 11:00 am. Proceeded west along 180 5.6 miles to the Grandview Trailhead, where I headed down towards Horseshoe Mesa, making a point of checking out the 4th switchback down where the guy fell 200 feet about a week ago. Had lunch at the awesome backrest rock at the saddle - PB+J on a burrito shell before continuing down to an empty camp. I set up and headed off to the western arm (passing some Desert Hares who let me get within 8 feet) where I cooked dinner (Mountain House Lasagna-Yum) and settled in for the sunset. Incredible 270 degree views of both sunset and full moon rise, warm with just enough breeze to keep the bugs off. An increasingly brave mouse was rewarded with a tiny piece of dropped lasagna and made his video debut as well. Walked back the easy sections by moonlight. Perfection. 11 miles total, 2125 feet elevation down.
Day two began with a hike down the vertiginous Miners Spring Trail, where I drank 48 oz's while UV sterilizing another 130 oz's for the pack. The 7.9 miles and 2370 elevation down to Hance Rapids was mostly in full sun, and I burned through every drop of water before enjoying the Colorado's cold embrace. The entire area is sand, which may be soft to sleep on, but the numerous bumps I now have would seem to indicate sand fleas. At least they don't itch. Another evening show of sunset and moonrise over the rim (I planned the trip based on this) could not have been scripted better.
Day three started with a breakfast of granola cereal with water and vanilla protein powder as a milk substitute. Hot oatmeal may be nice when your cold, but in warm weather the ease of preparation cannot be beat. The sun had not yet risen as I headed up Red Canyon on the New Hance for the easy first 2 miles. As soon as I left the streambed and headed up the slope I could tell this was not well traveled. Sections were overgrown and faint, with rockslides taking out other sections entirely. The color of Red Canyon is an amazing intense red, and once again I was blown away with the many faces of Grand Canyon geology. The section that zig-zags up throught the Redwall is steep, loose, and not lacking exposure. There a few nice camps when you reach the plateau, with great views and some O.K. shade, before you head back into Red Canyons bottom again, now heavily wooded, slow going, but nicely shaded. The last section up to the rim is really steep; I'm really glad I chose to loop in the direction that I did, as looking down where I had just hiked up did not look inviting in the least.
Going up the New Hance (7 miles of mostly rough trail and 4500 feet gain - didn't see a soul all day)is a workout. It would have been easier in cooler weather, as I drank all 160 oz's of my water (including 64 oz's of my Cytomax/Gatorade/Whey Protein blend), and was still thirsty for another 24 hours.
I was back to my truck 8 1/2 hours after leaving the river, headed to Camper Services for the best $2 shower in the world, and then sitting in my Zero-gravity lounger on a ledge at Yavapai Point sipping a 2011 Red Diamond Malbec out of a protein shake container listening to all of the different languages around me express the universal wonder of this place.
I does not get any better.
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May 26 2012
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58 male
 Joined Dec 20 2002
 Phoenix, AZ
Willow Canyon Loop, AZ 
Willow Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar May 26 2012
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking8.00 Miles 1,900 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   2.46 mph
1,900 ft AEG
 no routes
1st trip
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Entered White Tank Park just after 6 am, and parked between "8" and "9" to access the Waddell Trail. Headed north, crossing paths with a small coyote, until I crossed Willow Canyon, where I headed offtrail up the Canyon proper. It soon narrowed up, and the boulders grew to mostly compact-car size, with a few RV's thrown in. Nice white granite(?), but the surface was polished smooth, and the footing was a bit on the slippery side. Some bouldering required, with one 20 foot vertical wall that I had to hike around to the south in order to proceed.
Arrived at Willow Spring 2 hours later, which was only a 100 gallon puddle, with not even a trickle from the springs overhead. The birds were having a field day, mostly from the smaller spring on the lower south wall. Last time I was here, the pool was easily 5000 gallons, with a beautiful small waterfall. Timing is everything.
I took the "Willow Canyon Trail" to the "Mesquite Canyon Trail" on the way out, and was back at the Taco in 1:15.
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Mar 17 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Toms Thumb, AZ 
Toms Thumb, AZ
 
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BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking4.84 Miles 1,315 AEG
Hiking4.84 Miles   3 Hrs      1.61 mph
1,315 ft AEG
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Burntlizard and I took the new trail from the north unimproved trailhead. It's under construction, and looks pretty cool so far. Saw 3 Bucks on the way in with a total of 19 points! It pays to get up early.
I've been up here quite a few times, using the main drainage west of the trailhead. But the new trail gives you better views on the way up and down.
Ogre's Den was great, we kicked back for a snack and a view before heading back down. Probably saw 100 people in 3 hours, this is a very cool trail and will no doubt be crowded at certain times. A full moon hike here would be perfect!
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Feb 18 2012
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 Phoenix, AZ
Vineyard Mountain 3458Payson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.60 Miles 1,263 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   2 Hrs      1.80 mph
1,263 ft AEG
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Steep but well-maintained trail departs from the north end of the bridge at Roosevelt Dam. Nice flora and the remains of terraces in the hillside from the workers who built the original dam. Went offtrail to bag Vineyard Mountain proper where there is great stone seating overlooking the Apache Trail and dam below.
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Feb 17 2012
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Picketpost Mountain SummitGlobe, AZ
Globe, AZ
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BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking4.00 Miles 1,921 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs   15 Mns   1.23 mph
1,921 ft AEG
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Worked until noon and still got to the trailhead by 2:45. I didn't feel like coming down in the dark, so I moved pretty quick on this one - 3:15 flat roundtrip just in time to see the golden last light on the mountain from the parking lot. Perfect.
The trail is steep and scrambling is required, the rock is stable with non-lethal exposure. Summit too large and flat for great 360' views, but some nice shady places to chill. Mailbox and hollow book full of posts, you could spend a day reading them all.
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Jan 02 2012
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New River Mountain 5869', AZ 
New River Mountain 5869', AZ
 
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BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking10.00 Miles 3,417 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles   5 Hrs      2.00 mph
3,417 ft AEG
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From the I-17 Table Mesa exit, I proceeded 13.2 miles East on FR 41 to the intersection of FR 37. The section between "Bottlecap" and Red Mountain on FR 41 requires high clearance and 4WD, with low-range coming in handy. I then traveled 3.4 miles north on FR 37, which also requires clearance and 4WD. 16.6 miles in 2 hours - that's a rough road. I parked at 34 02.752 N by 111 57.037 W, where an old road heads west, and struck out on foot. Washed out and grown over, this route is not passable by full size vehicles. I saw tracks from a quad as far as Lion Canyon Spring, but sections of this path are hardcore.
Came across a Deer just before Tunnel Spring, which was only a puddle (and no tunnel in sight), but Lion Canyon Spring is awesome. Numerous tub-size pools of clear running water at the shady mouth of a rocky canyon - it even had a great slanted rock about 100 yards upstream from the trail, a perfect seat with the sound of a 3 foot waterfall a few yards away.
From there I continued on to Bull Spring, which appears dry, and "Spring" (34 01.725N by 112 59.759W), which had a nice concrete trough filled to the brim.
At this point I headed off trail Northwest along the soft ridge leading to the summit. The area has burned in the past, so the growth was an odd mix, but other than some catclaw thickets, the going was mostly smooth. A few false summits and I was on top! No summit register again, but there was a 2 x 4 and a length of barb wire stuck in a cairn (?). Very windy a fairly cold compared to the sheltered canyon below, so I headed back down shortly.
Returned via FR 37 to FR 41 East to Seven Springs, 12.4 miles in 1 hour exactly. The road is much smoother, but the terrain is much blander than FR 41 West. I stayed in 2WD the whole time.
This is a big day, 10 miles of mostly rough hiking with 3417' gain will give you a workout. But if you want to stand on top of one the highest points in the New River Mountains, and check out some cool springs along the way, this one's for you!
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Dec 18 2011
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Sonoran Preserve Western Vista Summit, AZ 
Sonoran Preserve Western Vista Summit, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Dec 18 2011
BarrettTriplogs 286
Hiking3.86 Miles 915 AEG
Hiking3.86 Miles   1 Hour   25 Mns   2.72 mph
915 ft AEG
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Starting at the Desert Vista Trailhead, the trail climbs steadily to the trail junction saddle, this time I took a left and headed to the West Summit. After traveling along the outside flank of one of the peaks, it enters the preserve interior along a cool wash, complete with an abandoned, rusty, burnt SUV, and numerous small wash grottos. The summit is off a short, well marked spur and has O.K. views, but not as nice as the East Summit, and less desireable seating. A nice bike trail, but the cholla groves would make me nervous. This trail spends a lot more time looking at houses than the East Summit trail, so of the two I did not like it as much.
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It was tense.
average hiking speed 1.95 mph
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